Created by Furrion Exo-Bionics, Prosthesis is essentially a 8,800-pound quadruped mech suit that can be used to lift a car, climb over large rocks and even run in the snow. Company co-founder and chief test pilot Jonathan Tippett says the ultimate goal is to pioneer the never before seen sport of mech racing. The suit has been in development for over 10-years, and Cassie Hawrysh was officially the first professional athlete to pilot the suit. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 has finally been revealed, and it’s touted as the world’s first electric flying race car. The company is currently building a number of these racing vehicles at its technical facility in Adelaide, South Australia, which will then be supplied to teams for the first races around electronically governed courses in late 2021. At 220-pounds, this F1-inspired flying car is powered by a 96-kW battery pack that enables it to reach speeds in excess of over 75mph. Read more for a video and additional information.
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You’ve probably seen plenty of realistic racing simulators, but Moto Trainer could be the ultimate for motorcycle fans. Its proprietary software recreates the world’s greatest tracks, allowing riders to train on every MotoGP circuit around the world. The real-world movements are perfectly synchronized to the digital rendering of their character on-screen. They can then use the on-board laps as a ghost of sorts to train in seamless synchronicity with their on-screen counterpart. Read more for two videos and additional information.
MACA is a France-based startup that unveiled plans at CES 2021 for a racing series based around their hydrogen-powered Carcopter. They claim it’s the first manned flying hydrogen Formula 1-style vehicle, capable of hitting a top speed of 153 mph. Since Formula 1 has plans to eliminate the carbon footprint of their vehicles and the on-track activities, it would actually make sense to have a drivetrain to replace their current hybrid power unit. Read more for a video and additional information.
The factory Subaru BRZ isn’t designed to be a track car, but the automaker’s new BRZ GT300 most certainly is. No specifications have been revealed, but some are speculating that it will use a highly modified 2.4L flat-4, paired with a sequential transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. How much power is yet to be seen, though the 2022 Subaru BRZ’s 2.4L flat-4 generates 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Sébastien Loeb is set to pilot the insane Prodrive BRX Hunter on the Dakar rally, a three week-long 6,200-mile adventure across deserts, dunes, mountains and rocks. This truck is 4WD and powered by Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 Ecoboost generating 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. What really stands out are the intakes on the flanks because that’s where the spare wheels are stored, with room for a third under the bodywork out back. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The first live broadcast of Roborace, the autonomous racecar series, didn’t go as planned, or at least for the Acronis SIT Autonomous team. The Switzerland-based team had their vehicle crash into a wall even before the race began, and unfortunately, sustained major damage to its frontend. All participating teams are required to use DevBot 2.0 spec cars, and develop their own software to control the vehicle. Read more for the video and additional information.
Toyota hasn’t released a supercar since the Lexus LFA, but that may be about to change with the GR Super Sport. The automaker has teased this vehicle for years, and now, the public finally got to see the car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend. Featuring a hybrid powertrain with a twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter direct-injection V6, paired with an electric motor, for a combined output of 986 horsepower. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Segway-Ninebot is best known for their self-balancing human transporters, but lately, they’ve been dabbling in the electric scooter and karting worlds. Their latest project, the Ninebot Gokart PRO cam hit a top speed of 23 mph and travel up to 15.5 miles on a single charge, thanks to its 432 Wh battery with four air-ducts. The coolest feature might be the Immersive Engine Sounds Simulator, or basically a Bluetooth speaker, capable of producing single cylinder, two cylinder, V8, or V12 engine sounds. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is the fastest yet, but how does it compare with the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and Ferrari 812 Superfast? For starters, the Porsche is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine generating 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed PDK automatic gearbox sending power to all four wheels. The Lamborgini draws power from a a 6.5L V12 generating 759 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, while the 812 Superfast also has a 6.5L V12, but makes 789 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. Read more to see how they all fared in a drag racing showdown.